There’s the Georgia duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
But there’s also the Alabama duo: Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough. Then, Najee Harris and Josh Jacobs make up their own pair on the UA depth chart.
Each school’s set of running backs has been mentioned as being among the best in the country.
“You know, I don’t want to sit here and say that we rival these guys,” Damien Harris said. “We know that they’re a great running back group, and we know that they have a lot of great players.
“I’ve had a lot of people ask me if that motivates us as running backs to play better. Our motivation comes from winning the national championship.”
Let’s break down this season’s stats:
Alabama has totaled 3,325 rushing yards. Damien Harris has contributed 983 and Scarbrough has 573. Najee Harris has 306 and Jacobs has 276. The four account for 64 percent of the Crimson Tide’s rushing yards.
Georgia has rushed for 3,643 yards. Chubb picked up 1,320 of those and Michel had 1,129. The two combine for 73 percent of the Bulldog’s rushing yards.
“The question is what’s unique about Georgia’s running game,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “I think first of all, they do a really good job in terms of their system and scheme, in terms of how they try to attack people. … They’ve got two great running backs, do a really good job with the play-action passes.”
When it comes to using their hands, Michel has nine receptions for 96 yards while Chubb has three for 31 yards.
Scarbrough has caught 16 passes for 108 yards. Jacobs follows with 14 passes for 168 yards. Damien Harris has 10 for 70 yards, and Najee Harris has six for 45 yards.
“We all kind of possess the same qualities,” Damien Harris said. “I think a lot of those qualities are things you have to have to be a running back and have success. So I wouldn’t say we’re like them or they’re like us, but there are a lot of things they can do that we can do and vice versa.”